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August 2015

2015 Kickoff to Men’s Health: The Big Screen Event set for Sept. 10

By: Arkansas Urology

Arkansas Urology and Epoch Health will observe National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month with the 11th annual Kickoff to Men’s Health: The Big Screen Event on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 5-8 p.m. The event will offer men the opportunity to receive a potentially lifesaving preventive screening at Arkansas Urology’s Little Rock campus, located at 1300 Centerview Drive.

Each man will receive the “100% Men’s Health” screening, which typically involves comprehensive lab tests
and/or a prostate exam, free of charge. Arkansas Urology and Epoch Health physicians will check for potential
heart, blood pressure, kidney, bladder and metabolism problems. Physicians will also assess vitamin, nutrient, LH,
FSH and hormone levels (including testosterone, estrogen, thyroid function and prolactin), as well as conduct DNA
tests for hypercoagulability, screenings for potential internal bleeding, urinalyses and much more.
Arkansas Urology and Epoch Health will be giving away a flat-screen TV every 20-minutes to men who register and
participate in the screening. Interested individuals are encouraged to call 501-219-8900 to schedule an appointment.
Screening results may be mailed to participants or specific results from a healthcare provider may be relayed by
phone.

“Last year’s event brought potentially serious medical issues to the attention of 495 men – men who may not have
been screened for these particular issues otherwise,” said Dr. Tim Langford, president of Arkansas Urology. “We’re
happy to host this annual event that raises awareness of the importance of men’s health and provides a safe and
supportive environment for men who may have been hesitant to come in for a screening.”

Kickoff to Men’s Health: The Big Screen Event is presented by CHI St. Vincent.

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August 2015

What You Should Know About Overactive Bladder

By: Arkansas Urology

Overactive bladder (OAB) affects more than 33 million Americans of all ages. The condition occurs when the detrusor muscle of the bladder contracts more often than needed even when the bladder is not full. At Arkansas Urology, we understand that OAB can be hard and embarrassing to talk about, but the symptoms and condition are treatable. It’s important that you get the help you need when you suspect there may be a problem.

The symptoms for overactive bladder may seem obvious but can often be overlooked or blamed on age. Did you know that you shouldn’t need to urinate more than eight times in a 24-hour period? If you find yourself in the bathroom more frequently, you may have OAB. With overactive bladder, you may experience an intense, urgent need to go to urinate immediately. You also may leak urine after a strong urge to go to the bathroom.

Infections that irritate the bladder lining can cause the bladder to become overactive. While it is not a normal part of aging, it is more common in those over the age of 60. Women after menopause have a greater risk along with men who have had prostate issues.

When you start experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s time to see an urologist. Talk to your doctor about all your symptoms even if you think something is insignificant. If you suspect overactive bladder, you can keep a diary at home of what and how much you drink, when you urinate and if you feel an urgent need to go to the bathroom to give more specific information to your physician. Sometimes OAB can be controlled with behavior modification, so that’s why important to see a doctor before other issues develop as a result. Medication is also another option for treatment. Arkansas Urology offers surgical procedures if other first or second line therapies fail to alleviate your problems.

At Arkansas Urology, we understand how sensitive these issues can be. If you or someone you love may be experiencing overactive bladder, you can feel comfortable making an appointment to talk to one of our doctors. We have locations throughout the state to conveniently serve you better. Give us a call today at 1-877-321-8452 to make an appointment at a location near you.

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July 2015

How Do UTIs Affect Children?

By: Arkansas Urology

You might be surprised to know that urinary tract infections (UTIs) are actually common in children. Next to bedwetting, it’s the most common urological issue in children, and the second most common type of infection children get. Fortunately, urinary infections in kids can go away quickly when treated promptly.

The urinary tract includes the bladder, kidneys and connecting tubes, and carries urine out of the body. When bacteria get into the urinary tract, infection can form. UTIs may also be a result of an abnormality in the structure or function of the urinary tract, such as an abnormal backflow of urine, poor toilet and hygiene habits and use of bubble baths or soaps that irritate.

Girls have UTIs more frequently than boys do. Infections are more common while potty training. Uncircumcised boys under 1 year old also have a slightly higher risk of developing a UTI.

Signs and symptoms of UTIs will vary depending on a child’s age and which part of the urinary tract is infected. In younger children, the symptoms can be very general like irritability, not feeding well or vomiting. Sometimes the only symptom a parent may notice is fever.

For older children, the problem may be more obvious. Older children and adults will experience similar symptoms such as pain while peeing, increased urge to urinate, frequently waking during the night to go to the bathroom and abdominal or lower back pain.

At Arkansas Urology, we treat children as well as adults. Summer can be a prime time to get your children in for an appointment for any type of urological issue they might have. We have locations throughout the state to better serve you. Give us a call today at 1-877-321-8452 whether you need an appointment for you or your child. 

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July 2015

5 Ways You Can Prevent Kidney Stones

By: Arkansas Urology

Many people have compared the pain from kidney stones to labor pains. It’s intense sharp waves of pain with the reality of having to pass the stone. At the end though you don’t have anything to show for the pain you experienced. Summer can also be a prime time for stones. Many stones actually form in the winter, but start moving and cause pain, becoming more apparent in the summer. During warmer weather, we sweat more and aren’t as hydrated which causes issues.

Kidney stones are relatively common with an estimated 10 percent of Americans experiencing kidney stones in their lifetime. They form when the balance of water, salts, minerals and other substances in urine is off. They develop when your urine contains more crystal-forming substances like calcium than the fluid in your urine can dilute.

Kidney stones have no single, definitive cause. However, the most common cause of kidney stones is not drinking enough water. Stones are more common in men than women, and unfortunately having one kidney stone increases your chance of having another by about 50 percent.

It’s safe to say that no one wants to experience a kidney stone. What can you do to prevent them?

  • Drink Water - Since not drinking enough water is the No. 1 cause of stones, the best prevention is drinking more water. Extra water will dilute substances in your urine that lead to stones.
  • Cut the Salt - A diet low in salt can also help. Your sodium intake can increase the amount of calcium in your urine, so try limiting your daily amount of sodium to 2,300 mg.
  • Get Enough Calcium - Don’t consider calcium as the enemy. Be sure to get the daily-recommended amount of calcium in your diet without taking supplements. Calcium in food doesn’t increase the risk of stones; in fact, if you’ve had a calcium oxalate stone, you should include 800 mg of calcium in your diet.
  • Watch Your Diet - Some foods are rich in oxalate that can make you more kidney stone prone. Avoid foods such as beets, chocolate, spinach and nuts. Eating too much animal protein like red meat, eggs, seafood and poultry can also boost your level of uric acid and lead to stones developing. For most people, particular foods and drinks will not trigger kidney stones unless they consume them in extremely high amounts.
  • Lose a Few – Obesity can increase your risk of developing kidney stones significantly. This can also be related to diet, but being overweight gives you a predisposition to stones forming. The degree of obesity doesn’t have much effect, so it’s important to get within your normal weight range.

At Arkansas Urology, we recognize that no one wants to have a kidney stone. However, if you or a family member is struggling through the pain of a stone, we can help. We are conveniently located throughout Arkansas to better serve you. Give us a call today at 1-877-321-8452 whether you have kidney stones, need a routine screening or are experiencing other urological complications.


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